How to Become a Successful Personal Trainer

If you’re passionate about working in the sports and fitness sector, as well as bringing out the best in people, becoming a personal trainer is a fantastic career choice.

But it takes more than passion to build a career. From gaining the right personal training certification through fitness courses, to wrapping your head around the business side of things - here’s what it takes to become a successful personal trainer!

Be great at what you do

Before you even begin to market yourself, you need to be confident in applying the more practical elements of your job. If you want to become a successful personal trainer, this is something you’ll need to prioritise. It’s that simple.  

Personal training is all about coaching people and helping them achieve their goals. This means you not only have to understand the physical aspects of training, you need to have great interpersonal and communication skills too.

When you’re first starting out, treat the first year or two as your own personal training. Learn how to work with specific clients, build up your contacts and constantly try to improve your methods. Once you’re great at what you do, success will come easier.

Keep your clients happy

It’s the golden rule. If you want to become a personal trainer, your clients’ goals should always come first. Developing a programme that works for you doesn’t necessarily means it will work for others. You’ll need to be able to listen to and understand their goals before you can help reach them.

As a personal trainer, you’ll also work with different body shapes with different needs. And while you might have a personal preference for advanced or progressive techniques, not everyone can do handstands or intense powerlifting.

Put simply, you should always be asking yourself if your strategies are helping your client reach their goals. If they’re not, it’s best to go back to the drawing board and change up your process.

Keep on top of the industry

The health and fitness industry is constantly evolving. With the amount of research and content being produced, it’s likely your clients know just as much as you do about new trends and training methods. But not all of this information is credible, so they’ll look to you for a second opinion.

That’s why it’s important to keep on top of the industry – otherwise you risk falling behind or having your credibility questioned. Make sure you invest in reading professional journals, popular online and offline publications, and attend seminars and networking events to keep informed and connected.  

Be business savvy

To become a successful personal trainer, it takes more than just being good at what you do. While you might find work with a particular gym or fitness institution, chances are you’ll be going at it alone as a self-employed personal trainer.

This means you need to put time and effort into the business side of things. You’ll need to know the ins and outs of how to sell to people, price your services, and deal with accounts and finances.

You’ll also need to invest in your social media presence and marketing. This might mean building a website, updating your profiles, creating and sharing relevant fitness content, or signing up to local online directories.

Invest in your education

To become successful, it pays to invest in fitness courses and personal training certification. Not only will getting your personal training certification give you the skills and knowledge to carry out your job, it will help you build your career and boost your credibility.  

That’s where we come in. At BCA National Academy of Sport, our fitness courses are run by some of the brightest experts in the industry, who’ll help you kickstart your career in the sports and fitness sector.

To begin with, you could study our Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315, which will give you the experience you need to start working in the industry. From here, you could enrol in our Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215, which will set you up to become a personal trainer and take your career to new heights.  

When it comes to the business side of things, it’s also worth looking into Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. You’ll find there are plenty of short courses available that will teach you how to run and build a small business.

The road to success

If you’re interested in knowing more about our fitness courses, or what it takes to become a successful personal trainer, just get in touch today. We recommend investing in the Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315 as a starting point.

The Academy of Sport takes pride in offering the highest quality education and equipping students with the tools they need to build a great career.